Ferrari under fire over political gesture

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Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Buddh International Circuit, 2012In the round-up: Ferrari attract criticism for making a public show of support during the Indian Grand Prix for the Italian navy who are involved in a dispute with the Indian government.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Ferrari cause Indian fury (The Telegraph)

“Speaking to Italian network SKY Tg24, Luca di Montezemolo said: ‘It is the contribution that Ferrari can make to this story.'”

Ferrari’s support for Italian guards kicks row (The Times of India)

“While Indian officials said that the gesture was not in the right spirit, Italian foreign minister Giulio Terzi has complimented Ferrari for the move. ‘This shows that the entire country stands behind the marines’ said Terzi.”

Indian GP – Conference 2 (FIA)

“Q: (Ian Parkes – Press Association) I have read it, and obviously you’re making a point regarding the two sailors that are in dispute with…
SD: No, no, that’s not true.
Q: (Ian Parkes – Press Association) It’s on the website. I’ve read what’s on the website. You’re saying that it’s for the two sailors.
SD: It’s not true, to be honest, what you’re saying.”

The page Parkes referred to says: “Ferrari pays tribute to one of the outstanding entities of our country, also in the hope that the Indian and Italian authorities will soon find a solution to the situation currently involving two sailors from the Italian Navy.”

Ferrari added a new page yesterday claiming “Ferrari wishes to make it clear that this initiative does not have, nor should it be seen as having, any political implication”.

‘Lewis not told of 2013 parts’ (Sky)

Ted Kravitz: “Sam Michael told us at lunchtime that Lewis Hamilton was running parts for next year but McLaren didn’t tell Hamilton because they didn’t want him to know what they were.”

Hamilton to keep testing new parts (Autosport)

“[Sam Michael] said it was routine for drivers to be relatively unaware of the fine detail of their technical evaluation programmes.”

Q&A – Ross Brawn on Hamilton, Schumacher & Lauda (F1)

“Michael is a driver who gets very deeply involved with a team. He is not the kind of driver who just turns up on a race weekend, drives the car and goes away again. He was aware of what was happening and as I just said, the Lewis matter evolved. There was not one day where we said this is what we are going to do. Such a decision – like all big decisions – develops.”

F1 Rule making process set to change (James Allen on F1)

“Sources suggest that Ferrari has given up its historic right of veto over rule changes, but does have the casting vote in the new F1 Strategy Group.”

Red Bull claim that Sebastian Vettel will not join Ferrari in 2014 (The Guardian)

Christian Horner: “Absolutely, he will be here in 2014, no doubt about it.”

Ecclestone rebuffs bank?σΤιΌΤδσs $400m F1 demand (FT, registration required)

“They asked our lawyers in Germany. They said could we have 400 million back? I did not respond. There is no point, is there?”

1968 ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ Bruce sets the winning standard in his orange-liveried M7A (McLaren)

“Amazingly Bruce, who had last won a Grand Epreuve no less than six years before at Monaco in 1962, thought he had only finished second in the 1968 Belgian GP at Spa, only to be alerted that he had done one better as he pulled up on the exit of the La Source hairpin to save himself the stress and strain of an extra nine mile down lap.”

Formula One Betting: Indian Grand Prix Qualifying (Unibet)

My look ahead to qualifying for Unibet.


Comment of the day

@Thejudge13 joins those perplexed by Ferrari’s political stunt.

Ferrari at times appear barely capable of managing the politics of a mere racing car business, so how on earth were they persuaded that they had the deftness of touch to intervene in the delicacies of an international diplomatic dispute between two sovereign governments?

To be fair to the often maligned Mr Ecclestone, he has recognised the political time bomb Ferrari have dropped and is quickly into damage limitation mode on first practice day in India. […]

And guess what ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ Nothing from monsieur Todt.

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49 comments on Ferrari under fire over political gesture

  1. matt88 (@matt88) said on 27th October 2012, 11:11

    here is LdM playing the politician game. Next April there are going to be general elections in Italy, and Monty (not Monti) will be in the race with a new party, although just as “mentor”. During the last weeks, some Italian centre-right newspapers (i.e. the area that LdM wants to “conquer” for his party) pressed him to let Ferrari show their support to the Italian Marines, and in the end he accepted. I don’t want to enter the dispute whether the marines are guilty or innocent, i think they may have overreacted because in the last few years there have been lots of pirate attacks in the Indian Ocean concerning Italian commercial ships. What I don’t like is the use of Ferrari as a political instrument for the private interests of their president.

  2. Jason (@jason12) said on 27th October 2012, 11:12

    Ferrai hasn’t done anything wrong here, why should they be ‘secretive’ about supporting their navy-men?

  3. Girts (@girts) said on 27th October 2012, 17:08

    I wonder how FIA and Bernie would have reacted if some team had painted some local opposition’s symbol on their cars at the Bahrain GP this year.

  4. Jorge Lardone (@jorgelardone) said on 28th October 2012, 0:37

    A big mistake of Ferrari. Of course, Formula 1 is closely linked to politics, but by all means we must avoid situations like this. Just generate controversy, discomfort and disunity among the people.

  5. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 28th October 2012, 8:41

    It was only a matter of time before Hamilton was going to be kept supposedly in the dark about any new developments. It’s not like every teams aero philosophy or implementation is the same you can’t just bolt on new parts to a different car. If Mercedes want to learn anything they need only watch the race.

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